They flew by me and gave a quick nod before re-focusing on the tire in front of them. I noted the wildflowers seemed particularly abundant this year.
What makes it work for you, I wonder..........
I too do not get why folks think that anyone doing more miles than them is missing out and doesn't enjoy their surroundings.
I can well imagine the guys you met on the road saying, "We some poor guy out riding, all loaded down with water jugs on his heavy bike. We pedaled easily speeding along in the opposite direction unladen and happily rolling along. He dragged by us and gave a quick nod before putting his head down to propel his immense burden. We noted the wildflowers seemed particularly abundant this year."
I am fairly often criticized for doing excessive mileage on some tours. The funny thing is that when we compare notes on the route it usually seems that I met more interesting people and saw more interesting stuff than most of the folks who claim to be "smelling the roses" that supposedly I am missing.
Even on my longest days I meet interesting people, eat great food, and enjoy the sights. Up to some pretty extreme point it seems to me that higher speed and longer daily mileage do not diminish the experience for me. I am not sure at what point that would be a problem, but I know that on my longest day on tour (142 miles) I still had numerous interesting conversations with the locals, enjoyed the scenery, sampled the local cuisine, took lots of pictures, and generally had a great time.